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Dooge Key quick question ex78,

excersie 78, the answer in the key is given as this
Quid oppidani parant? Oppidani bellum parant

my question is how come bellum is in the genitive case, and not the dative. Arnt the people preparing FOR war? which would make it 'bello'?

might be a stupid question but any help would be great thanks
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declension praesidium / filius

On page 38 D'Ooge says that the plural of praesidium and filius is regular. Does this mean that the plural of praesidium is formed in the same way the plural of bellum is formed and then filius is formed in the same way the plural of servus is formed?
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Hello everybody,

I just joined this site yesterday and I was reading through the D'Ooge Latin for beginners book and I was just wondering what is meant by Caesarian words. In the preface page 'vi' they mention 95% of the words chosen are Caesarian. Can anyone explain. Thanks for the help :P

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longae non sunt tuae viae

Is 'tuae' here 'your' in plural? In Dutch we have a distinction between these two ('jouw' is singular and 'jullie' is plural), hence my confusion.

For Dutch speakers:

Is 'jullie wegen zijn niet lang' correct?

-edit- hm, I just found out that 'your' in plural is 'vester' and 'your' singular is 'tua'. But where does 'tuae' come from?


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Imperfect Passive, Perfect Passive, or Adjective?

OK, I just can't stand it anymore! Augh! How come I cannot get this?! Were my professors right? Should I be fact-checking for my local small town newspaper or shoveling fries at MickyDoos?

I cannot seem to understand when to use an imperfect passive, perfect passive (mit den partizipen dinge) or adjective for some ideas.

E.g., in Lesson LV, paragraph 314 on page 138, I'm supposed to translate "They were terrified..." Should I use:

1) ...
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Questions on Par. 40.


the point in question is Par. 40 no. 6.

it reads:
Cuius filiae laborant?

The text we are answering the questions from is Par. #39, it says;
sec. II 3. The farmers' daughters do labor.
sec. II 7. The farmer's daughter labors.

I am not sure what case or number "filiae" would go to.

gen/sing doesn't seem possible.
Dat/sing -the daughter shows a relationship to the many labors.
Gen/Plur -the daughters of many farmers ...
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A correction for D'Ooge key

Found an error in key

Par. 34 pg. 17 #7 ,c

in key is translated as daughters

should be girls.

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Question about answer key...

This is a really basic question, ive been taking latin for about two years and I was really trying to remember everything so ive been reading this book. I came upon something that doesnt really make sense, and I was hoping you could help me out.

The question reads:

agricola cum filia in casa habitat

I translated as:

the farmer lives with the daughter in the house

The answer key reads:

the farmer lives with ...
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What's the difference in usage between quia and quod? I have seen both used similarly.
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Ablative Armatus

I was reviewing some earlier chapters when I came across this sentence:

Legionarii Romani pilis longis armati sunt.

Is pilis longis dative or ablative? I'm confused whether this would be an ablative of means or an adjective related with dative (i.e. grata + Germano = pleasing to the German).
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